I believe that is Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor himself, crawling up the face of Rushmore to get a good angle shot. You'll see rocks crumble under his touch as he tries to get a grip on the mountain.
If you compare the film to photos of Borglum, I think you'll agree it's him.
Reviewer:Wilford B. Wolf -
July 29, 2005 Subject:
Calvin tours the mountain West
This footage appears to be older than some of the others in the outtakes series. Unlike the notice above, it is entirely in black and white.
The first half of the reel documents Mount Rushmore near completion. Since Rushmore was finished in 1941, my guess the footage was shot c. 1940. The head of Washington and Jefferson are finished and Lincoln and TR are nearly completed. Most of the shots around the mountain are either of a man standing on the observation platform (the sculpture?) and workers or cameramen clambering over rocks.
Following the shots of Rushmore are a couple shots in a meadow of Native Americans in front of a camera, perhaps one fake, but hard to tell because they are in shadow.
Next, we go to Cheyenne, WY for shots of a rodeo. These are fairly decent. Curiously, shots of movie cameras shooting the action occasionally puncuate the footage.
The reel ends with an interesting shot of a camera wearing a bandana over his face to protect it from the dust. Just as the reel ends, he moves off and effects of the film running out makes it visually interesting. A fitting end to a decent reel of Western themed footage.
January 9, 2005 Subject:
Not for the PETA..
A pretty interesting bunch of footage here, mostly dealing with the construction of Mt. Rushmore and rodeo events. The Mt. Rushmore stuff is allright I guess, we see some filmmakers clibing it (I think) for better angles. But the best part of all this is the rodeo footage. You have to keep in mind that this was taken in the 60's when, well, animals weren't given safer treatment then they are now. Having said THAT, watch the calf roping, where, I think, an additional rule that was in existance back then, was to not only lasso the calf while on your horse, but to DRAG THE CALF A LITTLE BIT before tying it up. There's footage here of, I swear, a cow getting killed because of not gettting lassoed, but getting dragged. It appears lifeless when the cowboy gets to it.. The cowboy does the right thing.. and ties the cow! LOL